At SunCloud Health we support and provide an inclusive, gender-informed treatment environment where people of all genders and gender identities are welcome. We seek to provide a safe environment for all of our patients.
We know the stigma, discrimination and misunderstandings that can come with a non-traditional or non-binary gender identity. We welcome the opportunity to treat everyone in need and strive to ensure that we are open, inviting, and respectful of every person in our community, men, women, transgender and non-binary.
Many of our patients struggling with their mental health have faced some of the same fears and stigmas you may have dealt with in your journey. The compassion at the core of everything we do has equipped us with the tools to help you better cope with the challenges you might be facing.
We’ve helped hundreds of patients to share their traumatic experiences, heal from them, and learn to live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives.
If you’re in need, we’re here to help.
Statement of LGBTQ+ Inclusivity and Support from SunCloud Health
If you are in need of mental health or addiction treatment support and are a member of the LGBTQ+ community, we want you to know that at SunCloud Health, we are here for you. We proudly stand as your allies and have worked hard to ensure that our treatment programs reflect our commitment to the well-being of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We know that to best provide treatment for our LGBTQ+ clients, we must strive to empathize with the unique struggles you may face toward your improved mental health and sobriety. All of our LGBTQ+ affirming services and treatment programs are built around the promotion of harmony, dignity, equality, empowerment, and the development of a positive sense of self.
At SunCloud Health, we know that empathy and understanding can only come from education. Our staff of treatment professionals receive ongoing training and support to better understand the challenges that may have contributed to or intensified your mental health or substance addiction hardships.
If you are the friend or family member of someone in need of help, we know that you may need support on this journey, as well. Your loved one in the LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges that you may want to learn more about.
Below are some resources that we recommend helping to build the bridge of empathy that is necessary to support people from this community which has been so undeserved in the past.
Inclusion/LGBTQ resource guide
The first step to becoming an ally to transgender and non-binary people is to learn more, here is a gender Inclusion/LGBTQ resource guide to help inform, support and educate. – Click Here
• The difference between sex and gender
• Basics of gender — identity, expression, and perception
• Forms of address that show respect (names, pronouns, honorifics)
• Helpful tips to increase understanding
• Common mistakes and what to do if you’ve made one
Books about the LGBTQ+ experience
The ABC’s of LGBT+, by Ashley Mardell
This Book is Gay, by Juno Dawson
The Full Spectrum, by David Levithan & Billy Merell
Fundamentals of LGBT Substance Use Disorders: Multiple Identities, Multiple Challenges, by Michael Shelton
The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People, by Institute of Medicine.
Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens, by Kathy Belge & Marke Bieschke
Microaggressions and Traumatic Stress: Theory, Research and Clinical Treatment, by Kevin Nadal
Affirming Counseling and Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Clients, by Annaliese A. Singh
The Human Rights Campaign
The Trevor Project
True Colors United
The Pride Fund to End Gun Violence
The National Center for Trans Equality
LGBTQ Victory Fund
The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
Transgender Law Center
It Gets Better Project
Making progress toward equality
In both 2015 and again in 2020, the Supreme Court laid our important decisions regarding the LGBTQ+ community. First it was marital rights, and most recently, the court made it clear that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does protect this community against discrimination and harassment in the workplace. While these are big steps toward the ultimate goal of equality for people regardless of gender identity or sexual preference, there is still a long way to go.
At SunCloud Health we are committed to the idea that all people deserve a safe and affirming atmosphere both within our treatment programs and in the world at-large. While no person deserves to be treated as less than anyone else, we know that’s not yet the reality for a lot people and we want you to know that we will not only show you the compassion you deserve and help equip you with tools to face an unjust world as you learn to live a fulfilling life during and after treatment.